Green Performance Pipe
What does it mean to be green? How does one strive for sustainability without compromising quality? At Performance Pipe, being green and environmentally conscious is what we do. From the feedstock selection to the manufacturing process, sustainability is deeply rooted in our core model and is taken into account throughout our entire business line.
When selecting a piping material, careful consideration of performance, reliability, durability and long-term cost effectiveness must be taken into perspective. Polyethylene (PE) has become one of the world’s most widely used and recognized piping materials since its discovery in 1933. Applications for PE pipe are broad, ranging across multiple industries. The advantages of PE are well known and have gained approval according to national and worldwide AWWA, ASTM and NSF standards.
Below are a few selected features and benefits of PE and why it’s the green piping material of choice.
Lifecycle Cost Savings
The combination of an extremely smooth inside surface and the exceptional flow characteristics of PE pipe is key to reducing total system operating cost for municipalities. Construction and installation costs are reduced compared to other piping material due to the flexibility and lightweight nature of the material. A leak-free system reduces repair, operational and maintenance costs throughout the design life, which is conservatively estimated at 50–100 years.
Leak-Free and Fully Restrained Joints
The allowable water leakage for PE pipe is zero, compared to greater than 10% for other piping products. For municipal applications, a fusion joint eliminates potential leakage points every 10 to 20 feet when using the bell and spigot type joints associated with other piping products. Leak-free, fully restrained joints lead to a homogenous piping system in which the joint is as strong or stronger than the parent pipe itself.
PE is a safe and environmentally friendly material that can be recycled without pollutants and toxic emissions. Without corrosion, biological growth or tuberculation of the pipe, PE’s hydraulic efficiency reduces electric consumption from over-running pumps. Less energy needed from pumps, along with the leak-free nature of the fusion process, leads to savings on rising utility costs. No toxins are released or produced from the creation, use or disposal of PE.
Flexible and Lightweight
The lightweight nature of the material means savings from fuel costs associated with delivery and transport of the material to the job site and the elimination of heavy lifting equipment for installation. Flexibility reduces the need for fittings and is forgiving in shifting soil or earthquake-prone areas. High flexibility also means a tighter bend radius and the ability to consolidate transportation packaging by the use of coils per applicable pipe size range.
Installation and Constructability
Installation methods such as horizontal directional drilling, pipe bursting, sliplining, submergence, pipe floating and trenching are all possible with PE pipe. PE is the piping material of choice for trenchless installation, which reduces restoration, roadway reconstruction, traffic disturbance and lane closure with less disruption to the surroundings. Installation below grade, above grade, and under rivers and lakes are all possible.
“We continually strive to make our operation more energy-efficient. The benefits are twofold: reduced greenhouse gas emission and lower production costs. We strive to be active and responsible citizens in the communities in which we operate and encourage our employees to do the same.”
— Peter L. Cella, CEO, Chevron Phillips Chemical